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I/you/we/theyline up
he/she/itlines up
present participlelining up
past tenselined up
past participlelined up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to form a row, or to put people or things in a row

    The books are lined up on a shelf above the desk.

    All children must line up when the whistle goes.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to organize or prepare things for an event or a series of events

    We have a series of activities lined up to keep you entertained.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to move something into the correct position in relation to something else, especially so that it is level with it

    He lined the ball up and kicked it straight into the net.

    line up with:

    Hold a pen in front of you and line up its tip with some distant object.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] if people are lining up to do something, they all want to do it at the same time

    Her colleagues are lining up to demand her resignation.

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